GSC finishes second in state age-group swim meet

Southeast sports roundup

Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2000

Led by three swimmers winning the individual points titles in their respective age groups, Juneau's Glacier Swim Club finished second in the team standings at the 2000 Alaska Swimming Age-Group Championships Dec. 1-3 in Soldotna.

Northern Lights Swim Club of Anchorage won the meet with 516.5 points, followed by Glacier Swim Club with 434 points. The Ketchikan Killer Whales took third place with 317 points, with Alaska Pacific Swim Club of Anchorage fourth with 251 and Anchorage's Aurora Swim Team fifth with 190.

Besides Juneau and Ketchikan, other Southeast teams at the meet were the Baranof Barracudas Swim Club of Sitka (seventh place with 167 points) and Viking Swim Club of Petersburg (18th place with 34 points).

Glacier Swim Club had three swimmers claim individual points titles -- Mike Fishel in the 11-year-old boys division, Aaron Hughes in age 12 boys and Rikka Brunner in age 14 girls. Brunner was swimming her first meet for GSC after her family moved to Juneau from Petersburg, where she used to swim for Viking Swim Club. The only other age group title to go to a Southeast swimmer went to Ben Voetberg of Ketchikan, who beat out runner-up Paul Hughes of GSC in the age 14 boys division.

Other Southeast swimmers to finish in the top five of their age group standings included GSC's Jenna Rutecki (second in girls age 10-younger), Ketchikan's Grant Wadley (fourth in boys age 10-younger), GSC's Kacey Klein (fourth in age 11 girls), Ketchikan's Karin Voetberg (fifth in age 11 girls), GSC's Kyle O'Brien (second in age 11 boys), Ketchikan's Nick Fama and Baranof's Alex Dailey (tied for third in age 11 boys), Baranof's Kevin Conway (fifth in age 12 boys) and Baranof's Kieran Jacobson-Ross (third in age 14 boys).

Glacier Swim Club coach Gary Crowe said this was the first time GSC has finished second in the state meet two years in a row. He said GSC swimmers improved their times in 151 out of 182 events, for 82.9 percent best times, and the improvement percentage is 0.025 better than last year when Juneau hosted the state age-group meet and had the home-pool advantage. He said 24 of the 25 GSC swimmers who qualified for the meet improved their times in at least three events and 20 of the swimmers reached the finals in at least one event.

Brunner led GSC with six individual race victories in her age group, in the 100-yard backstroke, 400 individual medley, 200 IM, 200 breaststroke, 100 breast and 200 back. Fishel won five events, the 100 freestyle, 200 IM, 100 IM, 50 free and 500 free.

Aaron Hughes won the 100 breast, 500 free, 200 free and 50 breast, while his older brother Paul won the 400 IM, 200 breast and 100 breast. O'Brien won the 100 butterfly, 100 back and 200 free, and Rutecki had the only other GSC individual victory, in the 100 free.

Glacier's boys age 11-12 team of Aaron Hughes, Fishel, O'Brien and Josh Stone won the 200 free relay, 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay.

Ben Voetberg won the 200 free, 200 back, 100 back, 100 free, 200 IM and 50 free to lead Ketchikan. Other Ketchikan victories were by Ben Rosenfeld (boys age 14) in the 100 fly, and by Wadley in the 100 free and 50 free. Ketchikan's boys age 13-14 team of Rosenfeld, Kyle Howe, Voetberg and Nate Norton won the 200 free relay, 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay.

Baranof had victories from Dailey in the 50 fly, and from Benjamin Campen (boys age 11) in the 50 breast and the 100 breast.

-- The Juneau Empire

Southeast bowlers at Special Olympics

The Juneau Aces bowling team of Anne Eichorst, Robert Frick and Mike Godkin claimed a gold medal in the 2000 Special Olympics Alaska state bowling tournament Nov. 17-19 at Polar Bowl on Elmendorf Air Force Base.

The Juneau Rainbows team of Luis Hernandez, Josh Wheeland and Jessica Gilbert also claimed a gold medal in the event, which drew more than 300 athletes with mental retardation from 10 Alaska communities. Leroy George of Juneau also won a team gold medal as part of a Kodiak-Juneau combo squad.

Juan Garcia was part of the gold-medal winning Juneau Alley Katz B doubles team, while Niall Johnson won a gold medal with the Juneau Awesome Wonders A doubles team (neither Garcia's nor Johnson's partners names were listed in the results).

Sitka's Nick Papa won two gold medals, one as an individual and one as a member of the Sitka Seals A doubles team with Bobbi Colbert. The Sitka Salmon B doubles team of Mary Ann James and Barbara Kitka also won a gold medal.

Ketchikan's Joseph Peterson won three gold medals, as an individual, as a member of the Ketchikan 10 Pins B doubles team with Jonathan Williams and as a member of the Ketchikan 10 Pins team with Williams and Holly Turley.

Juneau Special Olympians also claimed three silver medals and 12 bronze medals at the bowling tournament. Ketchikan had one silver medal and two bronze medals, while Sitka won eight silver medals and four bronze.

None of the Southeast bowlers finished among the top award winners for the weekend.

-- The Juneau Empire


Hoonah, Klawock battle for title

Hoonah and Klawock were playing for the Region V-Class 2A volleyball championship late Saturday night in Klawock. Results weren't available from the championship match at press time.

With victories earlier on Saturday, both teams had already assured themselves spots in the Class 1A-2A-3A(West) state tournament Dec. 14-16 in Anchorage. Hoonah won the state title two years ago, but Nome-Beltz claimed the crown last year.

Hoonah was undefeated entering Saturday's championship match, having swept Skagway and beating Gustavus in four games earlier in the tournament. A Klawock victory in the title match forces an if-necessary match later Saturday to declare the winner of the double-elimination tournament.

Klawock had to come back through the losers' bracket after dropping a five-game battle with Gustavus early in the tournament, sweeping Skagway and then sweeping Gustavus in the rematch for a berth in the title match. In the other tournament matches, both Gustavus and Skagway won three-game sweeps over Kake.

In the skills competition Saturday, Klawock's Bethany Buckingham won the serving event and Skagway's Kristine Knorr won the passing title.

-- The Juneau Empire


Petersburg shooter on Alaska team

SPC Kenneth E. Caulum of Petersburg is one of six riflemen to represent the Alaska National Guard at the National Guard Shooting Championships in North Little Rock, Ark., Oct. 14-21.

Caulum was the only shooter from Southeast to make the Alaska National Guard's team, which also had six pistol shooters, two light machinegunners and two snipers. National Guard members from 46 states, the District of Columbia and two territories competed at the event, which is properly called the 30th Annual Winston P. Wilson Rifle, Pistol, Sniper and Light Machinegun Championship Matches.

The matches are designed to promote marksmanship, with particular emphasis on move-and-shoot combat marksmanship skills.

-- The Juneau Empire

Petersburg team wins title

The Petersburg Sons of Norway 35 years old and over basketball team brought home a first-place trophy in the Alaska Airlines Southeast Shootout held in Ketchikan in early November.

The Petersburg squad was one of eight teams from Southeast to participate in the event.

Coach and team captain Curt Birchell said it was a team effort that brought home the trophy.

"It wasn't just a four- of five-guy thing," he said. "It took everbody on the team to pull this out."

The Petersburg shooters began the first night of the tournament against Erickson Electric of Ketchikan and Birchell said they took the game with ease, winning by more than 25 points. The following night, Petersburg faced off against a Juneau team and won that one by about 20 points.

Despite the large victory margins, Birchell said the games were relatively close.

"Most of the games were close until the last few minutes of the game," Birchell said. "Our biggest advantage was that we had a deeper bench, because all of us were playing at the same level."

Petersburg then lost to a Hydaburg team by five points in overtime, but came back the next day to hold off a late run by Metlakatla for a 95-93 victory and a spot in the championship game. In the Metlakatla game, Petersburg led by nearly 20 points early but Metlakatla made a late run to tie the score.

In the finals, Petersburg had a rematch with Hydaburg and this game also went into overtime before Petersburg won 80-71.

Klas Stolpe of Petersburg won the MVP award for the tournament, while Greg Birchell, Curt Birchell and John Garvey all made the all-tournament team.

-- Brian F. Johnson

The Petersburg Pilot


Skagway, Juneau wear crowns

Skagway and Juneau teams were champions of the fourth annual Paul Potter Memorial Basketball Tournament, held Nov. 24-26 in Haines.

The middle-school tournament drew about 150 players from four Southeast communities. The Juneau Christian School Crusaders won the boys title with a 44-36 victory over Hoonah and Skagway beat Floyd Dryden of Juneau 28-12 for the girls championship.

Tournament organizer Connie Ward said the three-day, 18-team event went well, with the largest field ever playing games simultaneously on three courts.

"It went like clockwork," Ward said. "It was our first time for Juneau Floyd Dryden and Hoonah, and their teams did very well. The kids had a great time."

-- The Chilkat Valley News


Trail of '98 purse at $15,000

A purse estimated at $15,000 awaits the top finishers in the 2001 running of the Trail of '98 Sled Dog Race from Skagway to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, on Feb. 16-18.

"We are looking forward to a good turnout this year," race president Jo Hopkins said. "With all the support we're getting, this year's race is showing a lot of promise."

The three-day stage race has a ceremonial start in Skagway at 9 a.m. (Alaska time) Feb. 16, with an official start in Carcross, Yukon Territory, at 11 a.m. The second stage will also start in Carcross, while the third stage starts in Mount Lorne. The finish line is at the White Pass Station in Whitehorse.

Dog teams will cover between 50 and 75 kilometers each day (about 31-47 miles). Mushers are allowed to use a pool of up to 14 dogs for the race, with no more than 10 dogs being used in any one stage.

The entry fee is $225 Canadian or $175 American for early registration. After Dec. 31, the entry fee is $250 Canadian or $185 American. For entry forms and more information, contact Hopkins at 1-867-333-1345.

-- The Juneau Empire

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